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Md. cities expand cold-weather shelter hours

Monday - 1/6/2014, 6:00pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Some Maryland cities are expanding their homeless services in response to brutally cold weather forecasts.

Baltimore's Homeless Services Program said Monday it's opening an emergency shelter at 210 Guilford Ave. in addition to nearly a dozen shelters it operates year-round. Director Kate Briddell says the shelter will be open Monday afternoon through Wednesday.

She says the agency is coordinating an outreach effort to offer shelter to people on the streets.

Briddell says Baltimore's emergency operations center is opening Monday to respond to any calls as temperatures plummet into the single digits overnight and rise only into the teens on Tuesday.

The city of Frederick says the Alan Linton Emergency Shelter is opening early Tuesday. And the Frederick Rescue Mission is operating a daytime shelter Monday and Tuesday.

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